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Jennifer Coleman

Jennifer Coleman

Jennifer Coleman, Senior Program Officer for Arts, The Gund Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was an architect and president of her own design firm, Jennifer Coleman Creative, LLC. //

What inspires you?
Personally and professionally, what inspires me is the way that physical projects and culture consciously and unconsciously impact how decisions are made. I love how cities transform  gracefully (and sometimes awkwardly) in response to challenges (like the Great Recession) and opportunities (like Cleveland rising to the occasion for the Republican National Convention.) I equate cities like the circus performers with spinning plates who always keep them spinning while adding more plates. It’s amazing to me to see all of the different plates that must be spun quickly in a vibrant city.

In your opinion, what is the top issue facing your city today?

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‘Rust Belt Riders’ Grow New Composting Service in Cleveland

‘Rust Belt Riders’ Grow New Composting Service in Cleveland

by Joe Duffy, City Fellow, CEOs for Cities //

Quietly, composting has been gaining prevalence across the United States.  Historically something of a fringe practice exclusive to the agriculturally minded, composting refers to transitioning organic matter into a nutrient rich fertilizer instead of landfill fodder.  A young organization, aptly named “Rust Belt Riders,” is leading the push for more composting (and correspondingly, less waste) across greater Cleveland.

Founders Dan Brown and Michael Robinson initiated fundraising for their startup 2 years ago, and first began offering a compost pick-up service via bicycle in June 2014.  Combining their personal goals of offering a new environmentally oriented service to Cleveland and influencing cultural attitudes around food waste, Rust Belt Riders have had an exciting first year.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day.
Let’s show your city some love!

We love working with you to build stronger, more vibrant cities! Below are 6 valentines for you. Download them, tweet them, or email them to the city-lovers in your life! Prefer to create your own? Share them with us by tweeting @CeosForCities with the hashtag #CityLove.

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The Smart City

The Smart City

by Adam Kanter, Masters Student, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University //

What is a Smart City?

The meaning of the term “Smart City” varies widely, depending on the context. Often the focus falls solely on the technological aspect of the term, but this narrow reading fails to grasp that a true “Smart City” needs transparent and engaging governance, visionary city leaders, and an empowered and active citizenry, all utilizing and supported by an advanced technological infrastructure.

The applications of smart city technologies and practices are countless; they create opportunities to positively impact performance across all sectors, including, public safety, transportation, healthcare, governance, sustainability, education, and energy.

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